In the wake of shutdowns caused by COVID-19 there are plenty of online photography courses available at levels ranging from the most basic instructions to professional skills development.
At the basic beginner’s level, The Photo School Online offers an ‘instant’ online course, costing only AU$29.
Sydney Photographic Workshops targets a range of experience levels in its 2-hour private photography lessons, which can be live streamed in your own home.
The Australian Centre for Photography (above) is offering online private tuition that provides one-to-one digital tuition in photo imaging with tutors who have decades of hands-on experience.
For more advanced photographers, Sydney Aperture Club is running live online photography classes and workshops during the COVID-19 crisis.
Canon offers one-hour private photography tuition online, tailored to suit individual requirements and delivered via the Google Chrome web browser. Topics available include Adobe Lightroom Classic, Speedlight (flash), Time Lapse / Stop motion capture and edit, DSLR Basics and Getting to know your EOS.
Although not providing structured courses, The Nikon School has an online library of useful resources for users of Nikon cameras, in addition to periodic tuition events. While the events may be curtailed, the library resources can be accessed during the COVID-19 shutdowns. Plenty of options can be found for those who want to make a career of photography, although they will involve longer periods of study; in most cases at least 18 months. Starting times are generally flexible, which means you can enroll at any time.
Australian TAFE delivers its 18-month Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging course online.
The Professional Photography Institute also runs online tuition for aspiring professional photographers. All courses are running as normal during the COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns.
Open Colleges runs an 18-month Certificate IV in Photography and Photo Imaging course, also for aspiring professional photographers.
The Melbourne-based Learning Online runs a Certificate in Photography online course, which provides access to a variety of learning formats including e-books, self assessment tests and assignments.
Internationally, the Professional Photographers of America have released their entire catalog of education resources for free for a limited period.
Lynda.com hosts tutorials on a wide range of subjects from software, to coding, to business, to music lessons. They always have a 30-day free trial. Here’s a link to the photography courses.
It’s also worthwhile visiting the Lensrentals Blog site which contains 144 pages of interesting and entertaining posts on topics ranging from How to Disinfect Camera Equipment and Spaces to How to Make Money Shooting Portraits. Geeks will also enjoy the technical articles, which include topics like Practical Use of Field Curvature, How to Get Started in VR and ‘tear downs’ of various lenses.
And see regular photography tips and advice in Photo Review quarterly magazine.